145 years of…paper tours | Shepparton News

Long ties: Arnold Gough was a newspaper boy during The news in the 1940s, earning 11 shillings on tour, and continues to be a daily reader. Photo by Murray Silby

The news celebrates its 145th anniversary this month.

Earlier in August, we called for your feedback on your experiences with your local newspaper.

We want to hear about a story we produced that really resonated with you, or inspired you to action.

We want to hear about your family featured in the pages of The news across generations, or if you’ve worked with us in the past and have a fun story to share.

And of course, we’re all human and we all make mistakes, so we also want to hear about the times you picked up the paper and thought, “what’s going on here?”

It’s all part of the rich tapestry of history, and we want to share it and celebrate it with you this month.

Arnold Gough might just be the oldest paperboy in town – retired, of course.

Born in 1931, he delivered The news to Mooroopna households in the 1940s.

He started in primary school, leaving class at lunchtime to deliver Melbourne newspapers around Mooroopna before returning to school and lessons in the afternoons.

He couldn’t make it after moving to high school and instead took the New after school delivery.

He was picking up the papers New office, then to High St, before cycling back to Mooroopna and delivering them around town.

“I think the money was the attraction, 11 shillings a week which I used to get for the Shepp News“, he said this week.

Now 91 and on his way to his third pacemaker, Mr Gough went on to have his own photography studio, photographing more than 2,000 weddings in the district, while documenting much of SPC’s history over the years with his photography skills, and also owning Shepparton Camera House.

Mr Gough also photographed Queen Elizabeth II when she visited the region in 1954.

He said there had been a lot of changes in Shepparton-Mooroopna since those early days of delivering The news on his bike.

“Oh, I saw him grow up,” he said.

“It’s so big. Mooroopna was just a small town, but now it’s big. Shepparton, of course, was small too, but look at him now. Unbelievable.

“It’s a wonderful city. It’s good. It’s progressive and it’s a good place to live. I think it’s just awesome.

Mr Gough said his connection to The New had a positive influence on his life.

“I enjoyed being able to work for The news,” he said.

“I knew Mr. McPherson Snr (Douglas) well. I enjoyed the Shepp News. It really helped me get to where I am today.

We hope you enjoyed The news’ 145 Year Celebration Features. If you have a submission on a topic you think we missed, email our editor at [email protected] or call him on 5820 3228.

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